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Dead Men Tell (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  28 March 1941 (USA)
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A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

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Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
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Jed Thomasson (as Don Douglas)
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Laura Thursday (as Katharine Aldridge)
Paul McGrath ...
Mr. Parks
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Bill Lydig
Truman Bradley ...
Capt. Kane
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Miss Patience Nodbury
Lenita Lane ...
Dr. Anne Bonney
Milton Parsons ...
Gene LaFarge
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Eccentic, elderly matron Patience Nodbury has a treasure map she's inherited from Black Hook, her pirate ancestor. To foil a mysterious thief who has tried to steal it, she divides it into four pieces, three of which she gives to fellow passengers booked to sail on the Suva Star, an old wooden sailing ship chartered for a treasure hunt on an offshore island. She is convinced that, according to family tradition, Black Hook will visit her before she dies. When the peg-legged "ghost" does just that, and she suffers a fatal heart attack, Charlie and Jimmy are faced with a boatload of red herrings including Bill Lydig, an escaped convict, Gene LaFarge, a certifiable neurotic accompanied by a personal psychiatrist, and the embittered Captain Kane, who was marooned on a deserted island by his ex-partner and vows revenge. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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CHARLIE CHAN TRAPS A KILLER "GHOST"! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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The twenty-eighth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

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When Charlie is down below inspecting the hold for clues, the parrot disturbs him. The next scene shown at a slight upward angle, shows the open hatch and a view of the daylight sky, you can see one of the ships masts. Through out the movie the action takes place at night. See more »

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Jimmy Chan: You can scare a person to death, but if you do it deliberately, that's murder.
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Follows Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) See more »

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An often overlooked Chan film that deserves more attention!
16 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is an often overlooked Chan film that deserves more attention! It is short at an hour running time. But it is loaded with great atmosphere and a good cast of interesting and eccentric characters. This is a good mystery and has many humorous parts, too. Sen Yung is quite good in this one. How can you get better than a ghost pirate named Black Hook on a treasure hunt? Another one that's lots of fun. TV Superman, George Reeves is in it too. This is one to see and see again!


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